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Crafty Fiction

The August display and booklist, Crafty Fiction, highlights novels in which handicrafts play a key role in the story. The handicrafts are included with the title listings, so you can pick and choose among your favorite crafts. However, this doesn’t mean that the entire story hinges on handicrafts but that the craft or crafter is important to the plot or helps develop the story’s background or theme. For instance, Dick Francis’ SHATTERED, one of his beloved horse racing mysteries, involves a glassblower who makes racing trophies. On the other hand, Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilters series has lots of quilting talk, some history, and bits of romance. Do note that many crafts, other than the currently very popular quilting and knitting, are represented – including scrapbooking, auto restoration, and decorative blacksmithing!

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PUTTING FOOD BY – PRESERVING THE HARVEST

is the title of the July display and booklist(s). This is a topic of increasing interest among the residents of Alaska’s Interior – and it’s really a pretty broad topic. However, you’ll find that the library has quite a bit of useful information on its shelves. So whether you hunt, fish, garden, forage, or shop in quantity, you’ll find something here. Food preservation means canning, freezing, drying, fermenting, pickling, smoking, sugaring, brewing, cellaring, etc. So, see if you can find just what you need to help you stock your larder with some summertime bounty before winter’s cold returns. Putting Food By Listings

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The Most Influential Fiction of the 20th Century

In 1998, towards the end of the 20th century, librarians across the country were asked to select the most influential fiction of the century. Here’s a list of the top 100 titles – with brief annotations to help you remember whether or not these are books you DID read or entice you to try some that slipped past you all those years ago! The full list of 150 titles was published in Library Journal magazine in November 1998.

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Top 100 Best Ever Teen Books

The list is drawn from more than 75,000 ballots cast in National Public Radio‚Äôs annual summer reader’s survey in 2012. The list is a mix of individual titles and series and is 100% fiction. It’s multigenerational, with top 100 “winners” harking back to the teen years of the parents and grandparents of today’s teens. It includes old favorites that are now assigned reading in schools – as well as newer titles and authors that are quite unfamiliar to many a 21st century grandparent. Oh, yes, stop on by and pick up something teen-ish to read the 13th to the 19th; it’s Teen Read Week.

Top 100 Best Ever Teen Books

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Harvest Alaska

September is harvest time in Alaska, so it’s a good time to celebrate a harvest – and the use thereof – grapes and the resulting wine!

We have two lists for your pleasure:
Uncorking Facts about Wine – complex, with earthy overtones
Decanting (some) Wine Fiction – smooth, rich, and mysterious

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